Colors might never go out of the rainbow, but they do go in and out of style. And if you're looking for the ideal shade for your 2019 home or office decorating, there's one hue that's already outpacing all the others. As Cindy Bailen described earlier this week in her article for Reviewed, that color is...
Green, green everywhere
While it's reportedly the darker greens that are flooding spaces, other lighter options are getting attention, too. And when you look at color psychology in combination with current work situations, that's no accident.
Green is a color found abundantly in nature. We are used to seeing it as dominant and are primitively reassured by it as a result. It also is physically easy on the eyes in a way that can make work more tolerable. It symbolizes growth, hope, safety and rejuvenation, and science actually has proven that time in nature benefits the brain (specifically, memory).
While tech and the gig economy have given us plenty of freedoms, we still don't get outside nearly as much as we're really designed to be. Numerous factors--for instance, stagnant wages, not being heard by managers, longer hours, sexual harassment/#metoo, the current political situation and increased responsibilities--are weighing on us more than ever. So if you can't get into the woods to lift your spirit, physically rest and clear your mind, the next best thing is to use good ol', familiar green in the office to improve task endurance and trick the brain and heart into feeling like you're there.
Now, considering the above, green has a strong connection to money. (Ever heard a dollar bill referred to as a "greenback"?) If you're less stressed, productivity can get a boost, which can translate into better revenue, profits, bonuses and raises. Some companies might play on all green's soothing, safety and financial associations in positive ways to inspire workers to trust and keep their eye on the bottom line.
Lastly, deep green makes other colors, such as pink or gold, "pop" very easily. That means you can take a minimalistic approach to your décor, using small accents for a big effect. That's great news given that an increasing number of modern companies are downsizing their office space, are renting temporary smaller locations or simply don't have the budget to go all out with their design.
How to decorate with your favorite green
Just because green can do you (and your business) good, there's no need to go overboard (Amazon and your 40,000 plants, we're looking at you). Too much green, experts say, can sway you to the lazy or apathetic side, making you more afraid of rejection. So if you want to use it, go easy. Think a nice throw rug, gems in your pencil jar, one lusciously healthy plant or a slim green bookshelf or cabinet. If you do want to tackle the walls themselves, try painting just one or two as a focal point for the room instead of all four, redo your curtains or use a painting with plenty of green shades. Remember, too, that patterns can be beautiful, and that smaller, separate pieces can work together to create a larger, more impressive picture.
Amounts aside, because green is so strongly paired with the idea of nature, don't be afraid to bring a little nature inside with it. An unfinished plank or disk of wood with fruit and a few candles, for example, can make a great table centerpiece.
Whatever you use to add green to your room, use pieces or a shade of green that honestly speaks to you. You will spend hours and hours in the space, so it needs to reflect who you are and to feel personal. Maybe that means a small, fuzzy couch. Maybe it means a smooth, industrial lamp. You've got options, so even as you tap the trend, let your voice and brand be easy for others to see.